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What is the QCF?

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is a unitised qualification framework underpinned by a system of credit accumulation and transfer. Every unit on the framework will have a credit value which is based on the notional learning hours for that specific unit (for further information see the section:

What is credit?). The QCF is designed to allow learners to achieve credit for individual units or qualifications, providing learners with the opportunity to accumulate credit at their own pace and use it to claim for a qualification when they are ready.

Qualifications within the QCF

There are three sizes of qualifications in the QCF:

Each qualification title will contain the level of qualification (eg Entry 2), the size (award/certificate/diploma) and details indicating the content of qualification. For example:

What is credit?

Every unit and qualification on the QCF has been given a credit value, which denotes the number of credits that will be award to each candidate who successfully completes the unit or qualification.

Notional learning hours represent the amount of time a learner is expected to take, on average, to complete the learning outcomes of the unit to the standard required within the assessment criteria. It is important to note that notional learning hours is not the same as guided learning hours (GLH). GLH represents the hours during which a tutor or trainer is present and contributing to the learning process. Notional learning hours represents the hours which are needed to successfully cover all the learning required to achieve the unit, either guided or independently.